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Getting the Most out of Your HCM Project Manager

by Luke Switkowski

May 3, 2010

When companies implement new modules for the HR a typical project team structure consist of a:

Project Manager

Functional Team

Technical Team

During a functional implementation the PM may spend most of their time gathering requirements, driving the Blueprinting process and managing the overall team. I would suggest that a more effective structure for a given project would include the Project Manager within the functional team or even as the functional lead. In order to achieve this effectively the Project Manager needs experience specific to the implementation. For example, a Time Management Project Manager should have the functional knowledge regarding attendances, absences, quotas, and Time Schema configuration. This approach can not only save money, but enhance the Client to Project Team communication. A Project Manager with Time Management experience can readily answer questions without having to defer back to a developer or a functional expert.

Project Managers with implementation experience can also enhance the effectiveness of the implementation team. They can act as a mentor and the ‘go-to’ person when complicated or unusual project challenges come into play. From a team-member point of view, a good PM should be able to address various challenges and answer those tough questions when a team feels like it’s in a bind.

So for your next implementation, to get a little more expertise at the PM level and some more bang for your bug, ask for a PM with module specific functional experience.

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